Families with Children from China New England

Boston Dragon Boat Festival: Race Trials

  • 13 Jun 2015
  • 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • MIT Pierce Boathouse, Cambridge, MA

36th Annual Boston Dragon Boat Festival! - Races and Cultural Festival -- Saturday: Seeding trials only

The Boston Dragon Boat Festival takes place annually on the banks of the Charles River in Boston and Cambridge. Starting in 1979, Boston Dragon Boat Festival, the first and oldest such festival in North America, has grown from a small neighborhood event commemorating the death in 200 B.C. of the beloved Chinese poet-patriot Qu Yuan to the largest Asian-American cultural event in New England, drawing more than 20,000 participants and spectators.

Each year, 30-40 teams from the US and Canada compete over a 500-meter course in an energetic race to the finish line. The teams practice in the spring to prepare for the June races, paddling in sleek, colorful 39-foot-Hong Kong-style dragon boats. Along with dragon boat races, the festival also presents performances from various Asian cultures, Asian food, and arts and crafts representing traditions of this ancient Chinese celebration. The Boston Dragon Boat Festival fosters learning and exploration of diverse multi-cultural heritage, especially that of the Asian-American heritage in New England. 

The 2015 festival weekend takes place on Saturday, June 13 (race seeding trials only) on the Charles River from the Pierce boathouse at MIT, and Sunday, June 14 (races, finals, and festival) on the Charles River near Harvard Square. Teams will be racing in Great White North fiberglass, Hong Kong style dragon boats. 

For a list of teams, go to: https://www.bostondragonboat.org/races/teams

For directions to the boathouse, go to: https://www.bostondragonboat.org/races/boathouse-directions

For the full weekend festival schedule, directions, and more information, go to: http://bostondragonboat.org/festival/schedule

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